Beyond Humanism: The Flourishing of Life, Self and Other [NOOK Book]

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Beyond Humanism seeks to set humanism on a new footing. Enlightenment ideals of an autonomous, disconnected, and rational self are unrealistic. Together with Romantic dreams of authenticity and expression of the self it has had adverse effects, contributing to egotism and narcissism. Instead, this book employs a philosophy oriented towards the relationship between self and other. The book gives a critical discussion of religion, the Enlightenment and Romanticism. It seeks a way between Nietzsche's philosophy of ...
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Beyond Humanism: The Flourishing of Life, Self and Other

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Overview

Beyond Humanism seeks to set humanism on a new footing. Enlightenment ideals of an autonomous, disconnected, and rational self are unrealistic. Together with Romantic dreams of authenticity and expression of the self it has had adverse effects, contributing to egotism and narcissism. Instead, this book employs a philosophy oriented towards the relationship between self and other. The book gives a critical discussion of religion, the Enlightenment and Romanticism. It seeks a way between Nietzsche's philosophy of the flourishing of life and Levinas's philosophy of the other. It argues that the self requires the other for its flourishing. The other is needed for the development of the self, for freedom also from the delusions and prejudices of the self, for transcendence of the self, for learning and innovation, for making sense in language, and for a life that aims not at a hereafter for the self but a hereafter that benefits others after one's death.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137018410
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 260
  • File size: 449 KB

Meet the Author

BART NOOTEBOOM is Part-time Professor of Innovation Policy at Tilburg University, Netherlands. The author of numerous books and 350 articles he is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was awarded the Kapp, Gunnar Myrdal and Schumpeter prizes. He has been scientific director of two research institutes, member of a government committee on technology policy, and a member of the Scientific Council for Government Policy.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
What Avenues?
History of the Self
Free Will?
Embodied Cognition
Language
Nietzsche: The Flourishing of Life
Levinas: Philosophy of the Other
Otherhumanism
How Viable Is It?
Notes
Bibliography
Index of Names

General Index

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